As a parent, you’ll make a lot of weird rules throughout your parenting journey. They’ll range from irrational (“If I ever see you wearing those clothes and playing in the mud, I’ll cut them up into a thousand pieces!”) to going against all instinct (“You’re not allowed to look at or talk to your sister!”). But sometimes, you’ll come across an idea that actually sticks. And you’ll use it time and again until you’ve exhausted its powers completely. Here are some wonderful yet totally weird discipline rules you can give a shot in your home!
1. I’m in here because I’m working on my chores and you can’t be in here unless you’re working too.
What it does: It gets your kid to stop irritating the living crap out of you while you’re trying to get your chores done.
How it works: Since your kids really want to be with you, they’ll start pulling their weight as far as chores are concerned.
2. I’m off for the night at 8 p.m.
What it does: It helps reinforce the idea of a regular bedtime and gives mom some time to regain her sanity before she has to drag her butt to bed.
How it works: Since you’re not telling your kids what to do, you’re the only one that can be held accountable if it backfires. Lay down the law and take your well-deserved time off when the kids go to bed.
3. Take your crap outside because this house is too small for all of us and your nagging.
What it does: Gives mom some much-appreciated peace and quiet.
How it works: You’re giving your kids a choice here: they can either take their sassy attitude of fighting outside, or they can get stuff taken away from them. It’s that simple.
4. Money is never a topic to argue about.
What it does: It stops pleading and begging for crap dead in its tracks.
How it works: Since you’re setting up a strict financial policy, your kids don’t have the right to whine about that expensive toy they neeeeeed anymore. It’s like changing the topic altogether.
5. I’m sorry, but when you talk like that, I just don’t understand.
What it does: It stops the screaming, the general rudeness, and of course the constant whining.
How it works: This rule tells your child that if he or she really has something valuable to say, he should be able to say it nicely or risk the idea of having his feelings invalidated.